FY 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: CoC Application Resources Available

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FY 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: CoC Application Resources Available

CoC Application Resources

The following CoC Application resources have been posted to the CoC Program Competition: e-snaps Resources and FY 2016 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability pages on the HUD Exchange:
In addition, the CoC Priority Listing Instructional Guide has also been posted to the CoC Program Competition: e-snaps Resources page on the HUD Exchange.
The FY 2016 CoC-PHA Crosswalk Report will be posted at a later date.
As stated in Section VI.D.1.d of the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA: The CoC Application and the CoC Priority Listing are separate submissions in e-snaps; therefore, Collaborative Applicants must ensure that both the CoC Application and the CoC Priority Listing, with all projects applications either approved and ranked, or rejected, are submitted in e-snaps prior to the application submission deadline.

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If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
The AAQ portal accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2016 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:59:59 PM EDT.

Obama Administration Announces Nearly 50 Percent Decline in Veteran Homelessness

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Obama Administration Announces Nearly 50 Percent Decline in Veteran Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today announced the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has been cut nearly in half since 2010. The data revealed a 17 percent decrease in veteran homelessness between January 2015 and January 2016 — quadruple the previous year's annual decline — and a 47 percent decrease since 2010.
Through HUD's annual Point-in-Time (PIT) estimate of America's homeless population, communities across the country reported that fewer than 40,000 veterans were experiencing homelessness on a given night in January 2016. The January 2016 estimate found just over 13,000 unsheltered homeless veterans living on their streets, a 56 percent decrease since 2010. View local estimates of veteran homelessness.
This significant progress is a result of the partnership among HUD, the VA, USICH, and other federal, state and local partners. These critical partnerships were sparked by the 2010 launch of Opening Doors, the first-ever strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. The initiative's success among veterans can also be attributed to the effectiveness of the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines HUD rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by the VA. Since 2008, more than 85,000 vouchers have been awarded and more than 114,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program.
"We have an absolute duty to ensure those who've worn our nation's uniform have a place to call home," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "While we've made remarkable progress toward ending veteran homelessness, we still have work to do to make certain we answer the call of our veterans just as they answered the call of our nation."
"The dramatic decline in Veteran homelessness reflects the power of partnerships in solving complex national problems on behalf of those who have served our nation," said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. "The men and women who have fought for this nation should not have to fight to keep a roof over their head and I'm pleased that VA is serving more veterans than ever before with heath care, education, job training, and wraparound supportive services. While this is very real progress that means tens of thousands more veterans have a place to call home, we will not rest until every Veteran in need is permanently housed."
"Together, we are proving that it is possible to solve one of the most complex challenges our country faces," said Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of USICH. "This progress should give us confidence that when we find new ways to work together and when we set bold goals and hold ourselves accountable, nothing is unsolvable."
In 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness with the goal of accelerating progress toward the ambitious national goal of ending veteran homelessness. More than 880 mayors, governors, and other local officials have joined the challenge and committed to ending veteran homelessness in their communities. To date, 27 communities and two states have effectively ended veteran homelessness, serving as models for others across the nation.
HUD and the VA have a wide range of programs that prevent and end homelessness among veterans, including health care, housing solutions, job training and education. In FY 2015, these programs helped more than 157,000 people — including 99,000 veterans and 34,000 children — secure or remain in permanent housing. Since 2010, more than 360,000 veterans and their families have been permanently housed, rapidly rehoused or prevented from becoming homeless through programs administered by HUD and the VA.

Information for Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Grantees: How to Gain Access to IDIS

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Information for Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Grantees: How to Gain Access to IDIS

The Housing Trust Fund (HTF) was implemented in HUD’s Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) on Monday, July 25, 2016. HUD requires HTF grantees to use IDIS when committing funds to HTF-assisted projects, disbursing HTF funds for eligible costs, and reporting HTF accomplishments. HTF grantees must complete an IDIS Online Access Form in order to gain access to the system for HTF. The form must be signed by the grantee official approving the user request. This signature must be notarized. The completed, signed, and notarized IDIS Online Access Form should be submitted to the HTF grantee’s local HUD field office for final signature and processing. Please note that current IDIS users that have user rights for other CPD programs (e.g., HOME, CDBG, ESG, HOPWA, etc.) must complete a new IDIS Online Access Form for the HTF program.
Please submit any questions regarding IDIS access for HTF to your local HUD field office, or the Ask a Question (AAQ) portal located on the HUD Exchange. To submit a question to the IDIS AAQ portal, select “IDIS: Integrated Disbursement and Information System” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

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